Life takes a village – and we want to be a part of yours!
BETHANY (MA, LPC, BCN, NCC)
About Me: I may not be a native, but I do love Colorado. I grew up close to St. Louis, Missouri and just in case you were wondering, yes, yes we are the Stanley Cup Champs. But Denver has become home. I love that I have the beauty and adventure of the mountains on one side and the fun of the city on the other. On my days off, you’ll probably find me in the mountains, in the kitchen, or on the sofa binge watching Netflix…and more specifically, probably watching The Office…again.
My Philosophy: It’s so hard to struggle. Sometimes the struggle has words, sometimes it shows up in behaviors, and sometimes it’s just this gut level feeling that says, “something’s wrong”. I have a soft spot for people with early life trauma. The fact is, those experiences can affect us and our relationships for the rest of our lives, but seeing people heal and connect, no matter their age, is my absolute favorite. Your life, your challenges, your fears make sense. You make sense. That includes the kid throwing a tantrum to end all tantrums, the teen who wants nothing to do with his or her parents, and the person struggling with a lifetime of worry, fear, or sadness. There are times when “doing the best we can” may not look like much from the outside, but we’re giving it everything we’ve got on the inside. Healing is possible. The past doesn’t have power over our future. We do.
My approach to counseling emphasizes two things: relationships and the brain. Mental health professionals have known for a long time that the relationship an individual has with his or her counselor is the greatest predictor of success. I want to understand someone in the context of his or her story. Your story matters–even the messy parts. Secondly, I want to use brain-based interventions. Everything we do has a reason. From having snacks, doing cartwheels, processing trauma through EMDR, to “parts work”, or neurofeedback–there’s a brain reason for it.
Professionally: I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Colorado, as well as a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and am Board Certified in Neurofeedback (BCN). I hold a Master of Arts degree from Colorado Christian University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with an emphasis in Interpersonal Communication from the University of Missouri–Columbia. I am Phase 1 certified in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and have a variety of experience and/or training in early childhood development, Neurofeedback, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Attachment, Motivational Interviewing (MI), experiential therapy, and Emotion-Focused Therapy.
The Neurosequential Network acknowledges that Bethany Wilson has completed NMT Training Certification through the Phase I level.
Bethany Wilson is board certified in Neurofeedback through the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance.
CHRISTINA COOLEY (MA, LPCC, Registered Psychotherapist)
About me: I am an adventurer, passionate about journeying with others, exploring both physical places and emotional spaces. Although I grew up in California, I now call Colorado home and fell in love with the sun, the mountains, and all the fun, sleepy towns. In my free time you can find me hiking, floating the river, creating Pinterest fails in the kitchen, and sharing meals with friends.
My Philosophy: Life is hard, and not because you are doing it wrong. It is just part of being human. My own experience, however, has taught me the profound difference connection and hope make in the midst of suffering and heartache. As a therapist, I am committed to journeying alongside you as you navigate hard things, empowering you to recognize and healthily express emotions, increase capacity for connection with self and others, and holistically work through maladaptive coping mechanisms.
I believe in the power of story. The stories we believe radically shape the trajectory of our lives. Luckily, we can shape our stories. This often begins with the courage to engage in honest self-reflection. As we explore parts of ourselves we can engage our experiences and our pain in a way that leads to growth and healing. Life is about the journey, not the destination, and so let’s enjoy the journey.
To understand our experience, it is crucial to look at how our brains and bodies develop and function. My approach is rooted in current brain research that focuses on the importance of our attachment relationship and considers how physiology effects our responses to trauma. My goal is to create safe space to explore, heal, gain helpful tools, and embrace our authentic selves.
Professionally: I am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate and a Registered Psychotherapist in Colorado. I graduated with my Master of Arts in Counseling from Denver Seminary and hold a Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. Continuous learning is extremely important to me, and therefore, I love to engage with current research. My own research has revolved around the link between self-perception and behavior and the effects of shame in the intersection of Christian faith and sexuality. Because of the profound impact movement has had in my own healing journey, I also currently hold a group fitness certification and conduct classes geared around integrating breath and movement to increase wellness.